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MR. GAGA: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE AND DANCE

MR. GAGA: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE AND DANCE

Tomer Heymann · Israel · 2015 · 100 mins · PG · English & Hebrew with subtitles
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WINNER! DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD –SXSW Festival

Leading Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin is profiled in possibly the most exciting documentary for fans of edgier modern dance since “Pina.” With a complex, compelling lead character and plenty of striking performance footage from throughout his tenure to date as director of Batsheva Dance Group, Tomer Heymann delivers a feature that has won a handful of fest prizes.

Still fit, limber and driven as ever in his mid-60s, Naharin began professional training as late as age 22. He accepted an offer in 1990 to take over Tel Aviv’s Batsheva Company. He chucked its staple fare for some adventuresome new works of his own. Their electric impact, incorporating jagged, unpredictable movement, multimedia factors, sociopolitical themes and other challenging elements, quickly attracted new patrons — and critical admiration that greatly increased the institution’s international stature.

Between riveting excerpts from individual dances, Naharin is shown rehearsing his company and creating new pieces.

He frequently berates his diverse, international company for insufficient emotional commitment. Of course, “difficult” personalities seem almost de rigueur when it comes to choreographic brilliance. Handsome and charismatic, Naharin may have an arrogant side, but then he arguably is a genius. –Variety

Mark this “Required Viewing” for dance fans who know the term Gaga goes far beyond the lady in the meat dress. Blending a stunning collection of archival footage, interviews with his uncompromising subject, and awe-inspiring dance excerpts, Heymann crafts a definitive portrait of a brilliant innovator who’s influenced dance across the planet. Georgia Straight
An exhilarating ode to cultural expression.  POV
One of the most important choreographers in the world! The New York Times
Cast Ohad Naharin, Tzofia Naharin, Avi Belleli
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